Jewish Family Services Selects Karen B. Mozenter as Next CEO

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At its January, 2019 meeting, the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services announced the selection of Karen B. Mozenter as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. Effective June 1st, 2019 Ms. Mozenter will succeed Dr. June Gutterman, who will retire at the end of May.

“On behalf of the Search Committee and Board of Directors of JFS, we are all thrilled that Karen Mozenter will be the future CEO upon June Gutterman’s retirement in May,” said Joy Soll, Jewish Family Services Board Chair. “Karen has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues, JFS staff, and community leaders in her current position as JFS Chief Operating Officer. She has a keen in-depth knowledge of the agency, the clients we serve, and our community partners.  We are confident that Karen will lead JFS in a smooth transition, continue the excellent work that is the foundation of JFS, and strengthen the agency in the future.”

Ms. Mozenter stated, “I am deeply honored to be selected as the next CEO of Jewish Family Services, an organization grounded in shared values and with a longstanding reputation for excellence and integrity. It is a joy to work alongside our talented and dedicated staff, doing what I consider to be the most meaningful and impactful work of my career. I am grateful to the board for its commitment to our agency and energized by the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to continuing our efforts to bring economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability to the most vulnerable in our Jewish and Central Ohio community.”

Dr. Gutterman added, “I am thrilled that Karen has been selected. She has the talent and the passion to lead Jewish Family Services into a brilliant future. I look forward to working closely together over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition.”

Karen B. Mozenter joined Jewish Family Services as Chief Operating Officer in May, 2017, bringing multi-sector experience in law, education, nonprofits and philanthropy. During her tenure at Jewish Family Services, Mozenter has led agency efforts to integrate service delivery across the agency, drive new strategic partnerships, and diversify funding streams through fee-for-service initiatives.

Prior to joining Jewish Family Services, Ms. Mozenter spent four years in Cleveland as Director of Funder Engagement for The Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic alliance of funders driving economic growth and equitable access to opportunity in Northeast Ohio. Before moving to Northeast Ohio, she spent the bulk of her professional career in Columbus, working as an attorney at Jones Day and The Ohio State University, as an educator at The Columbus Academy, and in volunteer leadership roles for several nonprofits.

Ms. Mozenter currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Governance Committee of the Jefferson Avenue Center, the Best Practices and Executive Conference Committees of the Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies, JewishColumbus’ Israel and Overseas, and 70 Faces of Israel Committees, and the Columbus Foundation’s Opportunity Youth Steering Committee. She participates in the Spirit of Columbus choir of the Harmony Project and is a long-time member, former officer and 2001 Brotherhood “Person of the Year” at Temple Israel.

Ms. Mozenter received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor with High Honors from the Duke University School of Law. She and her husband Mike Mozenter reside in Merion Village and are the parents of three adult children: Rachel Mozenter and Ben Mozenter, both of San Francisco, and Ali Mozenter, of Columbus.


For over a century, Jewish Family Services has been helping individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability. We provide a unique combination of mental health and workforce development services, using a person-centered approach to tailor services to meet the complex needs of the people who come through our doors. Rooted in a rich history of Jewish values, our services are not limited to those in the Jewish community, but are available to individuals of all races, ethnicities and religions.